Area specific self-esteem, values, and adolescent substance use

Joseph Donnelly, Michael Young, Rebecca Pearson, Tina M. Penhollow, Aida Hernandez

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Abstract

The use of illicit and licit drugs continues to be a major public health concern. Many prevention and drug education programs address this issue by attempting to enhance self-esteem. The idea is that increased levels of self-esteem will serve as a protective factor in decreasing the motivation and increasing the resistance to use drugs. This study explored the relationship between area specific self-esteem and adolescent substance use. Participants (n = 700) completed a self-report questionnaire which included items measuring the use and expected use of selected substances. Results indicated significant differences in home and school self-esteem scores between users/expected users and non-users of a given substance for all 14 behavioral measures. Additionally, the peer, home, and school sub-scales as a set were found to distinguish between users and non-users for all 14 behavioral measures. Results should be of value to those designing prevention programming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-403
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Drug Education
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2008

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Donnelly, Joseph ; Young, Michael ; Pearson, Rebecca ; Penhollow, Tina M. ; Hernandez, Aida. / Area specific self-esteem, values, and adolescent substance use. In: Journal of Drug Education. 2008 ; Vol. 38, No. 4. pp. 389-403.
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Donnelly, J, Young, M, Pearson, R, Penhollow, TM & Hernandez, A 2008, 'Area specific self-esteem, values, and adolescent substance use', Journal of Drug Education, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 389-403. https://doi.org/10.2190/DE.38.4.f

Area specific self-esteem, values, and adolescent substance use. / Donnelly, Joseph; Young, Michael; Pearson, Rebecca; Penhollow, Tina M.; Hernandez, Aida.

In: Journal of Drug Education, Vol. 38, No. 4, 01.12.2008, p. 389-403.

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